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Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Honorable Julia Chapman, Chair
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building, Room 1130
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1687
RE: 532 W. Annsbury Street - Calendar #24548, Application #580863
Dear Chairwoman Chapman,
I am writing to state my opposition to the zoning appeal for 532 W. Annsbury Street, which will be heard
by the Zoning Board of Adjustment on May 20, 2015 at 5pm. As a pastor who seeks the prosperity of all
those in our parish community, I am supportive of any law-abiding business that operates with integrity
and contributes to the overall welfare of the community. As such, I - with the full backing of our church
council - cannot in good faith support the current or proposed operations at this location. Our reasons are
that the applicant cannot satisfy the burden of proof required by 14-303(7)(e)(.1). Therefore, we humbly
request that you deny appeal #24548 on the following grounds:
14-603(9)(b) states that "Junk and salvage yards and buildings may not be located within 150 ft. of any
Residential district." A significant portion of 532 W. Annsbury Street is within 150 ft. of a Residential district.

14-603(9)(c) requires that "a masonry wall, not less than eight ft. in height and not more than 12 ft. in
height, shall be constructed and maintained in good condition around all property boundaries abutting a
zoning district other than I-3 or I-P. There may be no stacking of material above the height of the masonry
wall... ." The entire front, rear, and much of the westerly border of the property at 532 W. Annsbury St has no
masonry wall of any kind and is therefore in violation of this requirement. Moreover, the applicant is
currently stacking material above the height of the incomplete masonry wall which does exist.

14-603(9)(d) requires a junkyard to be "landscaped in accordance with 14-705(2)" which states "At least
one street tree per 35 ft. of linear frontage shall be provided. The front of 532 W. Annsbury Street is 140
linear feet and provides zero street trees of the three required by Philadelphia zoning code 14-603(9)(d).

14-603(9)(f) states that "No outdoor industrial processes involving the use of equipment for cutting,
shredding, compressing, or packaging may be conducted within 300 ft. of a Residential district." The
entirety of 532 W. Annsbury St is within 300 ft. of a Residential district.
In addition to these technical disqualifications for the applicants proposed use of 532 W. Annsbury Street,
please know that the community overwhelmingly opposes this application on the grounds that it is
inconsistent with Hunting Park Neighborhood Strategic Plan 2022 developed as a collaborative
community effort and formally accepted by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
Sincerely,

Matthew Lin, pastor, on behalf of the Council at One Hope Community Church
4341 N Lawrence St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

T: 215-870-8719

E: matt@onehopephilly.org W: onehopephilly.org

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